Mikhail Piotrovsky: It contradicts Islamic morality to use a life as a tool
Director of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and a well-known Islamic studies scholar Mikhail Piotrovsky said that Islam is not compatible with terrorism.
Mikhail Piotrovsky discussed the issue at the radio station “Echo of Moscow”. The programme “Diletanti” called its run in quite a provocative way “Is Islam compatible with terrorism?” Mikhail Petrovsky noted that the history of the Muslim world is often corrupted by the Europeans: “There are many deformations. They speak so much about it that it even has a certain impact on Muslims themselves. There exists a European image of Islam. It is hostile. Islam is presented as an unspiritual and materialistic religion which oppresses women”. According to Piotrovsky, this image was preached by Voltaire. It entered the Muslim world in the beginning of the 20th century. European views on Islam are imbued with fear of it. Therefore, its’ quasi-bloodlines is highlighted.
Mikhail Piotrovsky claims that the modern radicalism covered by pseudo-Islam originated from the Palestinian radicalism. Yet, no one seems to pay attention to the fact that the first terrorist organisations in Palestine were managed by Christians rather than Muslims. One of the most vivid examples is George Habash. Left terrorism came to the Middle East from Europe. Later, it appeared in Russia. According to the museum director, religion has nothing to do with terrorism. Emotions that lead people to commit a criminal act can be very different. Those who blame Muslims for spreading terror threats make not only a factual, but also a logic error. Terrorism is a method of political struggle. It is widely used in various national contexts. Islam has neither specific features nor regulations which could make it more prone to terrorism.
Piotrovsky pointed out that the use of somebody’s life as a tool contradicts Islamic morality. “One should give his life for the sake of something really significant rather than use it as a tool... We should do good. A shakhid is an eyewitness of the things that he protects. The current situation when radicals demonstrate unnatural love towards death manifests total neglect of life. Such an approach originated in Europe too,” maintains Mikhail Piotrovsky.